Category Archives: coronavirus

The pandemic is getting worse. What does this mean for fall semester?

This week I’ve been focusing on climate change, between my book and the new IPCC report.  That was what I planned to work on, along with dealing with multiple family crises and fine-tuning my fall seminars. But COVID just won’t … Continue reading

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Scenarios for the next COVID-19 variants: the SAGE document

What will COVID-19 develop into?  What variants should we expect? I’d like to continue my futures exploration of the pandemic today by focusing on a set of scenarios recently published by Britain’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).  It’s an … Continue reading

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Delta COVID changes the pandemic struggle: a leaked CDC document and what it means for higher ed

Last night and this morning I worked hard on climate change and higher education, writing up two book chapters and a blog post.  But I’m not going to blog about that today, because the latest COVID developments are so urgent … Continue reading

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American life expectancy declined, mostly due to COVID-19

For years I’ve used a certain phrase in presentations.  It came up when I was describing modern demographics.  I would explain how lifespans have increased in developed nations, and that more people will live longer, and then want on to … Continue reading

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Heat domes, low-density campuses, and what we can do: two excellent readings

As I write this post two major crises are hitting the world in ways which bear closely on higher education’s future. Across the world very high, even extraordinarily steep temperatures are striking certain regions from Siberia to Canada, causing humanitarian … Continue reading

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Looking back to April 2020: losses, gains, and checking on my futuring work

A year ago this month I was engaged in trying to help higher education anticipate the next year as COVID roiled the world.  Today I’d like to check back and see how I did. (“A year ago”: just writing that … Continue reading

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One plan for American higher ed this fall: how many campuses are requiring vaccines? UPDATED

UPDATED MAY 1 As spring term proceeds, colleges and universities are planning for this upcoming fall semester. There is a lot going on in this complex process, especially as pandemic conditions change. I have posted about one scenario already, plus … Continue reading

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What our pandemic year tells us about how we might respond to the climate crisis

What does our experience with the COVID pandemic suggest about how humanity will deal with the far greater crisis of climate change? As a futurist, I’ve been thinking about this for a while (see earlier posts 1 and 2) and … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to higher ed in fall 2021: struggling towards normalcy

Earlier this week my family took in a videoconference hosted by the University of Vermont, where Owain is a history major. The UVM team was very clear on one point: the return of a pre-COVID educational setting by fall 2021.  … Continue reading

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Getting my second COVID vaccination

On February 14th I received my first COVID vaccination.  This week, on March 8th, I got the second one. I’d like to share my impressions here for a few reasons, starting with my customary transparency. Perhaps this little account will … Continue reading

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